Anwar Shaikh

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For Anwar Shaikh, the economist, see Anwar Shaikh (economist).

Mohammad Anwar Shaikh (1 June 1928 – 25 November 2006; popularly known as Anwar Shaikh) was a Pakistani-born British author residing in Cardiff, Wales.[1]


Born Haji Mohammad, he was born into a devout Sunni Muslim family of Kashmiri Pandit ancestry in Gujrat, Punjab. His mother could recite a large part of the Qur'an from memory. During the violent days of the Partition of India in 1947 he, then filled with Muslim nationalist fervor, killed on one day two Sikhs, a father and his son. In his youth, Shaikh was a young ardent believer. He later killed another Sikh. But when he reached the age of 25, he began doubting Islam and later became its ardent critic, and memories of his crime have haunted him ever since. Thereafter he immigrated to the United Kingdom, married a Welsh woman, and became a successful businessman. The importance of Shaikh's work was recognised by Tariq Ali who devoted a chapter of his book The Clash of Fundamentalisms to his views and the reaction they provoked.[2]

He converted to Hinduism and adopted the name Aniruddha Gyan Shikha.[3]

Shaikh was living in Cardiff, Wales, when a fatwa was issued against him from his homeland Pakistan in 1995, where at least fourteen clerics issued death sentences against him for renouncing and criticising Islam.[1] He died in Wales on 25 November 2006.

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  1. ^ a b The Rushdie Affair: The Novel, the Ayatollah, and the West by Daniel Pipes, Pg. 283
  2. ^ The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity, Page, Pg. 157-165
  3. ^ Interview on YouTube

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